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I begin by wishing all our dads a belated happy Father's Day for yesterday. I trust that you all had a wonderful day.

Saturday's fixtures against Michaelhouse brought our winter sports season to a close on a happy note and I thank you all for your loyal support during the season. I also take this opportunity to thank all of our coaches for their hard work. The matches on Saturday were, once again, very keenly contested with the spoils being shared almost exactly evenly between the two schools on both the rugby and the hockey fields. The success of our teams in the U16, U15 and U14 age group matches was very pleasing and is encouraging for the future. Well done to all of our players, especially our two 1st teams, who gave of their very best on the day.

I have had a number of parents ask me why the school did not do a 'spell' ahead of the 1st XV rugby match as usual on Saturday. There have also, I understand, been rumours that the school leadership had instructed the boys not to do a 'spell'. There is absolutely no truth in this rumour. In fact, I fully support this and, at their request, I authorized an extra war-cry practice session last week to help them to prepare for the 'spell'. I am informed by the Head of School and the war-cry leaders that they had taken a decision to add a touch of freshness by changing the normal order of events. They decided to sing 'O Boys of Hilton' at the beginning of the match, rather than at half-time, and to do the 'spell' at half-time. Unfortunately, when trying to set up the 'spell' during the first half of the 1st XV match, the boys were too engaged in watching the game and they kept moving their positions on the stands. This meant that the war-cry leaders were forced to re-set the 'spell' several times and this became extremely problematic. They lost confidence in their ability to pull the 'spell' off properly so they decided to cancel it rather than to go ahead and not do it perfectly. The war-cry leaders are, obviously, most apologetic but they had not foreseen the problem of boys changing their positions on the stands and the impact that this would have on their ability to perform the spell during half-time.  

On Thursday last week, a team from the Council for Quality Assurance in Education, UMALUSI, carried out a full day site visit of the school. All Independent schools are required to be accredited by UMALUSI and this site visit was the final step in our extended process of applying for such accreditation. I thank Mr Bruce MacLachlan for the enormous effort he has made in order to prepare for, and coordinate, this application process.

Tonight, our musicians participate in a combined KZN Schools' Music Festival being held at the Durban City Hall and I wish them well.

As we approach the holidays, I would like to wish all those boys and staff who will be involved in the various tours, festivals and inter-provincial tournaments taking place during the holiday, everything of the best.  I trust that they will really enjoy their respective activities and that they will represent Hilton College with pride.

I wish all of you a very happy holiday and remind you that you will be able to access your son's report via the parent portal from the morning of Wednesday 1 July.  

 To access these reports please click on the highlighted link for the instructions.


Peter Ducasse

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